Playoust Churcher Architects 2020 Review

2020 has been quite the year. But as challenging as the year has been for so many on a personal front, for us at Playoust Churcher, it has been a time of exciting projects and helping more clients take steps towards their dream homes.

While many people expected impacts to the property market this year, on the North Shore, the future is certainly looking bright.

“The property market has held up on the North Shore quite strongly,” says Playoust Churcher Managing Director Brett Churcher. “People have naturally spent more time at home this year, so we’ve seen a rise in multigenerational living and alteration projects. We can see that trend maintaining pace through next year.”

This year we have been involved in many varied projects. This is just a small sample of the work we have completed, continued and started in 2020.

A roofgarden area in a home

Manly complete replan

For our Manly client, the project involved a complete replan of the back part of the house, with the addition of a whole new first floor.

The project reached completion in the last quarter of 2020, and our client is now enjoying their new home.

The stairwell overlooking the elevated roof garden floods the upper and lower levels with light, a design element we introduced to maximise the north light into the middle of the home.

Front view of a beautiful simple house with a garage

Killara heritage renovation

Heritage projects are particularly rewarding to see come to fruition. Working with our clients and council to create a concept and design that both meets the heritage and conservation controls as well as the needs of our client is both challenging and exciting in equal measure.

Our client for this particular project, which is nearing completion, was very supportive of our design approach and via pre-DA meetings with the Heritage Officer at the council we were able to negotiate an outcome which aligned with the client’s brief. Their flexibility meant we could make small changes that didn’t impact the overall design result but helped to resolve council objections.

A home surrounded by trees and plants outside

From Singapore to Killara

In April this year we started an alterations project involving a first floor addition for a client living in Singapore. They were planning to move back home to Australia in December so there was a significant time pressure to complete the project.

To meet the timeframe, we applied using the complying development certificate approach. The first floor addition was completed in three months, just as our clients came out of their quarantine period after returning from Singapore.

While most projects take much longer from concept to completion, we were able to achieve a fantastic result for our client for their return to Australia.

View of dining room and kitchen area

Lindfield heritage conservation home

Jamieson and Nadia are still pinching themselves over the final result of their Lindfield home renovation.

We worked with the couple over 10 years from initial design concepts – while they were also living in Singapore – through to the completion of the project earlier this year. The home features seamless indoor/outdoor living with a stylish modern addition to the existing heritage home.

Man working on an under construction home

Projects under construction

In addition to the projects that came to completion this year, we also had a number of projects begin construction after sailing smoothly through the concept, design and council DA process.

Across the North Shore, from East Lindfield to Mosman and Roseville, the projects are all at various stages of construction. One has just had the first floor slab poured, so January will see the works ramp up.

We are looking forward to seeing the buildings take shape next year.

3D design of a big white home

Underway in 2021

In the first quarter of 2021 we have some very exciting projects – from Freshwater to Palm Beach, Balgowlah, Longueville and Roseville – progressing to construction.

Each of the projects has been through council to receive DA approval. One of the projects – a three storey home in Freshwater – had a few challenges to overcome, namely its location in a flood zone. Through our design and consultation with our engineers we had a smooth run and received council approval in a timely manner.

View of a backyard and back view of home

Lodged to council and new concepts

Many of our clients also took the first steps towards their dream homes in 2020.

We have recently presented new concepts for homes in Artarmon and on the North Shore in Roseville, Lindfield and Gordon. A number of our clients from Seaforth, Mosman, McMahons Point and Killara have commenced the DA process through council.

Some of these homes are within conservation areas, some are new home designs and others are alterations projects. For each, we create a bespoke concept and design that meets the client’s brief while also ensuring the home fits within the context of the neighbourhood.

Partner with Playoust Churcher in 2021

As North Shore Architects, we are excited for what the future holds. We have a range of diverse and interesting projects underway… and we look forward to working with new clients to bring their dream home vision to life.

Contact us to discuss your home requirements with one of our talented architects to step into 2021 on the right foot.


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